How does therapy work?
Therapy is usually a 50 minute appointment per week, sitting down with a therapist who will work with you to bring the presenting issues into focus, so that they can be addressed in a non-judgemental and unconditionally supportive way. What is said in the therapy room is confidential, and you are free to talk about anything you like. My role in the therapeutic relationship is to offer you that safe, confidential environment so that you feel comfortable enough to uncover whatever thoughts or patterns that are holding you back from experiencing a more rewarding and fulfilling life.
Why should I go to therapy?
Some reasons people seek out a therapist are during times of crisis, after a sudden change in life circumstances, or when dealing with a specific problem that is difficult or confusing. Sometimes it is difficult for people to identify why they don't feel well, and therapy can offer a space to uncover specific areas to address. When difficulties or troubled emotional states keep someone from living their life in a productive way, therapy can help to stabilize their life, making it easier to navigate the circumstances that come their way.
Another area in which therapy can be helpful is when the goal is personal growth. Destructive life patterns that impede personal growth and development can be explored and brought to light, bringing clarity and change.
How long will I need to go to therapy?
Therapy can last anywhere from several months to several years depending on the specific problem being addressed in therapy. Some people choose to continue therapy once the initial problem is stabilized, in order to work on other areas of their life that they would like to address.
Is psychotherapy really effective?
There are specific elements that will determine the success of your therapy. The first and most important is to take your mental health seriously, and sincerely want to address your specific problem. Secondly, establishing a relationship of trust between you and your therapist becomes the stabilizing force that enables growth and change. It is therefore very important to find a therapist who is a good match for you in order to achieve your goals of therapy. Treatment modalities are also important to consider for your specific situation. For instance, EMDR is an evidence based treatment modality that has been shown to be effective in the treatment of PTSD and other forms of trauma. Please contact me for a consultation to discuss which therapy approaches are most suited for you.
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